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Del Harris to coach Mavericks D-League affiliate

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The Dallas Mavericks keep bringing in the big names to coach their D-League affiliate the Texas Legends.

Last season it was the first woman coach in the league, Nancy Lieberman. She decided to move up to the front office, so former NBA coach of the year Del Harris will step in, the team announced, the Dallas Morning News reports (Marc Stein of ESPN was first).

Harris, now 74, won 54.9 percent of his games in 14 years as a head coach in the NBA, was the 1995 Coach of the Year with the Lakers and has spent the last decade as an assistant coach for several NBA teams (including the Mavericks).

For a young team of players looking for a call up to the NBA, he can show them the path. If only there was an NBA season to be called up to. That said, Harris will have their attention. This is a good hire.

The Texans had tried to make a deal with deposed Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, but that fell apart over money.

Yes, there will be a D-League season no matter what happens with the NBA lockout. However, with the potential of no call-ups to the NBA some of the top D-League talent has already signed in Europe.

Bruce Pearl passes on Texas Legends head coaching job

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According to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, former Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl has turned down a job offer that would have made him the new head coach of the D-League’s Texas Legends:

Less than a week after receiving a three-year, show-cause penalty from the NCAA’s committee on infractions, former Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has decided to leave the sport and head into the private sector.

Pearl said in a statement Tuesday that he is turning down a job offer to coach the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks‘ D-League franchise, and instead is joining H.T. Hackney Co. in Knoxville, Tenn., as vice president of marketing.

Given the circumstances surrounding Pearl’s departure from his last head coaching job, it’s not surprising that he wants to stay out of the spotlight for a little while. The Legends are currently coached by Nancy Lieberman, who is the first and only woman to have ever coached a D-League or NBA franchise.

Chinese businessman buys part of Mavericks D-League affiliate

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You want a global game, you get global owners. Like Russian billionaires.

Or entrepreneurs from China. Last season a group from China almost purchased 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that fell apart, but now a new one will not.

Sonny Xiao, a sports entrepreneur out of China, will purchase part of the Texas Legends, the Mavericks D-League affiliate based out of Frisco, Texas, as reporrted by ESPNDallas.com. Xiao studied at SMU in Dallas and went on to open RXtreme Sports Consulting in his native China.

The Legends are risk takers, this is the franchise that made Nancy Lieberman the first female head coach of an NBA affiliated franchise this summer.

This is a first step, you can expect a lot more foreign ownership over the years. You have American investors buying English Premiere League teams, and so on and so on. It’s a global market, a global game.